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Re: WOFF and extended metadata

From: Jonathan Kew <jonathan@jfkew.plus.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2010 17:28:04 +0100
Cc: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>, Tal Leming <tal@typesupply.com>, Jonathan Kew <jfkthame@googlemail.com>, Vladimir Levantovsky <Vladimir.Levantovsky@monotypeimaging.com>, Christopher Slye <cslye@adobe.com>, "www-font@w3.org" <www-font@w3.org>, "public-webfonts-wg@w3.org" <public-webfonts-wg@w3.org>
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To: Sylvain Galineau <sylvaing@microsoft.com>
On 2 Jun 2010, at 17:14, Sylvain Galineau wrote:

>> From: Håkon Wium Lie [mailto:howcome@opera.com]
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 8:17 AM
>> Yes. There's much repetition. How about:
>> 
>> <ext lang=en>
>> EU Greeting:
>> Message: Hello!
>> Date: 2010-06-01
>> </ext>
>> 
>> <ext lang=nl>
>> EU Groet
>> Bericht: Hallo!
>> Datum: 2010-06-01
>> </ext>
>> 
>> <ext lang=fr>
>> EU Salut
>> Message: Bonjour!
>> Date: 2010-06-01
>> </ext>
>> 
>> This is the minimalist in me talking, I can probably live with more
>> structure, but my experience is that schemas with much structure tend
>> to be less understood and, consequently, less used.
>> 
> 
> I wonder if anyone from Microsoft ever +1'ed Hakon. So here is the 
> historical moment:
> 
> +1 !

Is a simple block of plain-text all the "extension" that anyone will ever want? I'm surprised, I thought there was a desire to be able to identify elements within the metadata - and this would include elements within future/vendor-specific extensions.

Of course, even within Tal's proposal there's nothing to stop the author doing

  <extension>
    <item>
      <name>
        <text><!-- blank, I don't care about providing a name --></text>
      </name>
      <value>
        <text lang="en">
          EU Greeting:
          Message: Hello!
          Date: 2010-06-01
        </text>
        <text lang="nl">
          EU Groet
          Bericht: Hallo!
          Datum: 2010-06-01
        </text>
        <text lang="en">
          EU Salut
          Message: Bonjour!
          Date: 2010-06-01
        </text>
      </value>
    </item>
  </extension>

if there is no desire to express any more detailed structure within the extension; just treat it all as a single <item>.

JK
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